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September 9, 2013 - 9:39 am

Russia Today, which is funded by the Russian government, reports that Assad has accepted a request to put Syria’s chemical weapons into Russian hands.

Damascus welcomes Russia’s call to hand control over its chemical weapons to the international community, the Syrian Foreign Minister said responding to Sergey Lavrov’s statement after the two met in the Russian capital.

“Syria Arab Republic welcomes Russia’s initiative, based on the Syrian’s government care about the lives of our people and security of our country,” Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said in response to the statement by his Russian counterpart.

“We are calling on the Syrian authorities not only agree on putting chemical weapons storages under international control, but also for its further destruction and then joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier

Britain has responded to the Russia-Syria dialogue, saying that the chemical weapons handover idea for Syria must not be used as a “distraction tactic”.

Well-played, Vlad. Well-played indeed.

There is no way for the U.S. or the UN to verify the facts on the ground apart from ruthless inspections across years, or occupation of Syria. The first was tried during the Saddam years, and didn’t really work. The second is a non-starter. John Kerry’s “unbelievably small” strike won’t get there.

So we’re left trusting Assad and Putin, or hitting Syria despite its stated promise to hand its nasties over to the Russians, as helpfully reported by a Russian government mouthpiece.

The Obama administration can always choose to ignore this report, but that will just play into Russia’s hands. The “reset” and the “reformer” are working together against the unbelievably inept and increasingly deranged Obama administration.

This won’t end well.

Update: The Obama administration probably can’t ignore the story now that Western media are picking up on it. Obama has managed to turn Vladimir Putin into the world’s peacemaker.

This won’t end well.

Update: The U.S. State Department is taking a “hard look” at the proposal, according to the AP.

Update: I’m getting a little static for the difference between Russian and “international community” control of the chemical weapons in the RT story above. I wrote a bit too quickly, but what does “international community” mean in this context? Hardly anyone is on the American side here — we’re even losing France, mon Dieu! Russia and Syria appear to have cooked up this weapons handover gambit after Secretary Kerry’s earlier remarks opened up the opportunity to put the US in a corner, a sort of “put up or shut up” to him, not Syria. The “anti-war” president and his off-the-cuff government may, at best, be leading the US right back to where it was with respect to Iraq before the second Gulf War, manning a lonely vigil against a rogue state while the likes of Russia pretend to play along but undercut us at every turn, and the “international community” engages in the son of Oil For Food. At worst, he’s leading us toward an ill-considered, unilateral and probably illegal war…on behalf of al Qaeda, more or less.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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B.O. plays golf, Vlad Putin plays chess.
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Is it too early to raise the issue of Obama's resignation?
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In five short years Obama has managed to make Bush look like a civil rights champion, Nixon a paragon of transparency, Clinton a teller of truth, Carter a skilled international statesman and FDR a wise fiscal steward.

In his own way Barack Obama is the most amazing President in US history.
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LOL, Obama gets played.
46 weeks ago
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That is what we (actually, the low information voters and pinko commies) in America get for electing a community organizing, con artist as prezzie.
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I'm sure there's a Sun Tzu line that goes something like: It is best to defeat your enemy without firing a shot.

If only this were Obama's plan from the beginning, to force Assad to give up his CW without firing a shot. And in a week no less. We'll see if that happens.
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You know, Russia wouldn't be giving Syria a way out if they weren't worried that Obama meant business! Obama has brought so much pressure to bear on Syria that he forced Russia to step in and yank the leash of it's Syrian lapdog! So yes, Obama will deserve credit if this masterful gambit works and this will only demonstrate that people really don't get enough info from our news agencies to understand the complexity of international diplomacy!

(The above paragraph is just a preview of how the lib media will spin this. Bank on it!)
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Libs are so predictable!
46 weeks ago
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New Meme: Gaffeplomacy Is A Victory For America Or Something

http://tinyurl.com/pma85rn
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The stupidest thing of all is that this is exactly what we should have been trying to achieve in the first place. Russia was Syria's patron. Real diplomatic pressure would have perhaps gotten Russia to make this gesture and all sides could have been satisfied that "something" was done.
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I wonder what kind of military force we could have if we DIDN'T insist on deploying it all over the world and using it to monkey in other people's countries' business.

The Russian and Chinese armed forces aren't getting bigger but they seem to keep getting better, and they stay pretty close to home.

Ours keeps getting smaller, less capable, and more dependent on foreign support (we don't seem to be able to design or produce our own weapons and aircraft anymore).

And we keep waiting for countries like Japan and the Philippines to get sick of our troops committing crimes before we close any bases.

I don't want to see America's strength reduced. But I think we have to redefine "strength" for the 21st century. It's not 1960 anymore. We need to concentrate on defending ourselves, not using military force to make the world behave as we would like it to.

I'd rather see a strong, self-sufficient United States that doesn't interfere in other countries' problems unless it's invited to do so, and that can defend itself against "all enemies, foreign and domestic." I'd like us to chart our own course rather than going before the UN hat-in-hand.

I think our role as the world's policeman has played out about as long as it can. Time to move on.
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Reality check:

We have no Philippines bases -- going back a generation.

The actual percentage of American forces forward deployed is strikingly LOW.

America's weapons development is beyond peer. It's just that such budgets have been zeroed out -- for the most part -- by Barry.

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I want to laugh as this completely negates any action we might have taken on attacking Syria. We are now back at square one where we can back Assad who hates us or Al Queda, who also hates us. Heads they win tails we lose. I am sorta leaning to backing Assad in this if for no other reason at least he is secular and won't totally destroy the Christians and Jews in the country. Putin really does deserve a prize for this one.
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B.O. plays golf, Vlad Putin plays chess.
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And the next move of the chess piece, If I were Putin, is that once the "community" has secured the WMD, keep one behind and light it off making it look like it was AQ all along. Sealing BHO's punkitude.
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AQ / al Nusra has been using chemical weapons all along.

See The Long War Journal for the specifics.
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It was just too tempting. How could he resist?
So. Where's HIS Peace Prize, Norway?
Y'know, like in keeping the peace?
Not like, "Well, just shoot some missiles over there and hope for the best."
"Pay no attention to the innocents we killed accidentally."
Children alway play at war. Who the heck gave this child real weapons?
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